On 16 September, the European Climate, Environment and Infrastructure Executive Agency (CINEA) launched a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport programme.
The CEF programme is a key EU funding instrument which provides investment in the development of sustainable, high performing and interconnected Trans-European transport networks. The programme seeks to shift the focus to decarbonisation, and making transport connected, sustainable, inclusive, safe and secure.
Through this call for proposals, the CEF transport programme makes €7 billion available for projects that target innovative, new, and improved European transport infrastructure. The aim of this funding is to facilitate projects which will help the European Union achieve the European Green Deal goal of decreasing transport emissions by 90% by 2050.
The funding is available for all Member States who wish to apply. In addition, organisations and bodies within Member States are eligible to receive financing, with agreement from the given Member State. The call for proposals will accept a variety of projects relating to sustainable mobility and transport, with funding allocated under the following three categories:
- €5.175 billion will be set aside to finance infrastructure projects on the Core and Comprehensive Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). This covers a broad range of potential projects, including railways, inland waterways, maritime and inland ports, roads, rail-road terminals, multimodal logistic platforms and passenger hubs. In addition, smart and interoperable applications for transport, safe and secure mobility, and infrastructure resilience are also included.
- €1.575 billion will be dedicated to financing a new Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Facility implemented on a rolling call basis until 2023. This financing will be available for projects focusing on electricity fast-charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure on TEN-T road networks.
- €330 million will also be set aside for the adaptation of the TEN-T to civilian-defence dual-use (Military Mobility envelope).
Interested parties must submit their proposals by 19 January 2022 at 17:00 CET.
Proposals must be submitted through the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System, after which they will be assessed by the European Commission and CINEA, as well as external experts.
Results will be made available no later than 6 months following the submission deadline, and grant agreements can be signed within 9 months.
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